Two Great Recipes To Make With Extra Chorizo

Posted on: 24 June 2018

When you end up with extra chorizo in the cooler, what do you do? You could freeze it for later... or you could get creative and experiment with some new recipes. Chorizo's spicy flavor and rich texture makes it a lovely ingredient in many dishes. Here are two creative recipes to try.

Sweet and Sour Chorizo Meatballs

These sweet and sour meatballs are a great appetizer. To make about 20 meatballs, you'll need:

  • 1/2 pound chorizo, crumbled
  • 1/2 pound ground chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup crushed pineapple
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup strawberry jam
  • 1/2 cup cocktail sauce
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

Combine the meats, egg, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, and pineapple. Mix until uniform, and then shape into 20 evenly sized meatballs. Place the meatballs in a frying pan, and cook until they are browned on all sides. 

In a saucepan, combine the jam, vinegar, and cocktail sauce. Mix these ingredients together, and bring them to a simmer. Add the meatballs to the pan, and return the mixture to a simmer. Simmer for about 5 minutes, and then remove from the heat to serve.

Chorizo and Cheddar Burgers

These burgers have a lovely, balanced flavor and are very juicy, thanks to the incorporation of 80/20 ground beef into the meat mixture. Cheddar is the perfect accompaniment to the spicy chorizo. To make four burgers, you'll need:

  • 1/2 pound crumbled chorizo
  • 1/2 pound 80/20 ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 1 glove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese

Combine all of the ingredients above, and use your hands to mix the ingredients together. Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions, and then shape each portion into a burger patty. Aim to make your burgers each about 3/4 inch thick.

Heat a large skillet with a little bit of vegetable oil in the bottom of it. Place the burgers inside, and cook over medium heat until the first side is brown. (This will take about 4 minutes.) Flip the burger, and cook for another 4 minutes. Turn off the heat, and let the burger rest for about 10 minutes. Serve on a bun with your desired toppings. Lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise are the perfect toppings, although onion straws and a little strawberry jam are a good alternative choice if you like sweetness!

With the two recipes above, you should have no trouble using up your extra chorizo. To learn more about meat options available in your area, turn to your nearest ver mex meat distributor